As the coronavirus continues to spread across Illinois and other states, the six Catholic arch/dioceses have suspended public Mass, closed Catholic schools and shuttered pastoral centers in order to limit congregate groups and maintain the “social distancing” required to prohibit the spread of the virus.
CCI Executive Director Bob Gilligan shares a recorded message from Cardinal Cupich about the COVID-19 pandemic; talks with Bishop Richard Pates, who's serving as the apostolic administrator of the Joliet diocese while Bishop Conlon is on medical leave; discusses the need for privilege in restorative justice practices with Judge Tom Donnelly; and briefly outlines tomorrow's primary election.
The Archdiocese of Chicago announces the new Catholic Bishop Abuse Reporting (CBAR) program. The new USCCB service is operated by a third party and allows for the reporting and investigation of sexual misconduct by Catholic bishops in the United States.
Cardinal Cupich of the Archdiocese of Chicago has recorded an inspiring video message on unity in these trying times, reminding us, “This is a time to be gentle with one another, and accompany each other emotionally. … And this is a moment to deepen our own spiritual lives as members of the body of Christ by making a commitment, as I do today for you, that we will pray for each other."
Bishop Malloy has recorded an encouraging video, noting that, “This is a moment that’s different than anything we’ve gone through in our lifetime. But we’re reminded by St. Paul, hope never disappoints — and even in the midst of challenges and fears of the unknown.”
The Catholic Conference's Life Advocacy Days set for March 18, March 25 and April 1 at the Illinois Capitol have been cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Officials at the Capitol today notified lobbyists that all events and tours scheduled at the Springfield building are cancelled until further notice to limit the possible transmission of the coronavirus.